Unknown gunmen abducts two sisters, Pastor Omobola Adepoju and Mrs Abiola Olukotun, from a farm in Badeku area of Ibadan on Monday. The victims are the daughters of the former Director of Sports in the defunct old Western Region, and Proprietor of the Subuola Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Ibadan, the late Chief Emiola Adesina.
The news of their abduction was made known in a short message to one of our correspondents on Tuesday by a retired permanent secretary and professor/directing member of staff of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, Tunji Olaopa.
According to the police, the community, where the victims were kidnapped, had been cordoned off by security agents in an effort to rescue them and arrest the abductors.
“Omobola came in from Atlanta, United States, and was with her sister on her farm at a location on the Ife Road in Ibadan when they were both kidnapped on Monday.
Abiola’s husband, Mr Kitolu Olukotun, when contacted said the abductors were six in number and alleged that three of them were Fulani herders, while the others were Yoruba.
When they called me, they demanded N100m. But, I told them that I didn’t have such money. I told them to accept N1m, which they rejected. They then refused to speak with me again. They have been threatening my wife. They insisted that they would not take anything less than N20m.”
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Okukolu, in a statement said: I wish to draw the attention of members of the public to the indiscriminate construction of unmanned security gates in our communities and streets.
“The recent experience of the police in response to distress calls has been frustrating. The CP, therefore, wishes to advise all and sundry to be circumspect with the construction and installation of unmanned security gates in their environment. It is professionally advisable that while we lock our doors and gates against intruders, we should be mindful of other exigencies.
“If there is a need at all to install security gates, we must endeavour to make them accessible to security agencies, who may be responding to distress calls or other emergencies like fire or other life-threatening health issues.”
The command also warned residents to be wary of kidnappers disguising as commercial motorcyclists.